Hailing from the northern Gulf Coast of Florida, The Owsley Brothers began as the bedroom recording project of multi-instrumentalist J.E. Reynolds. Armed with a cheap guitar, makeshift drum kit and an 8-track recorder, Reynolds crafted 2011’s critically-acclaimed EP, Pure Lust.
Within a few months, his unique blend of lo-fi scuzzed-out blues guitar, combined with his utterly unique vocal twang attracted much attention and glowing reviews from blog community stalwarts My Old Kentucky Blog, Aquariaum Drunkard, Rollo & Grady, and Some Velvet Blog.
Their songs are currently getting attention and being played on Sirius/XMU, KEXP 90.3 Seattle, and KXLU 88.9 Los Angeles. Morphing into a three piece over the course of the year, the lineup consisted of Reynolds on guitar/vocals, Brian Wise on second guitar, and John Talley on drums. Gaining attention of festival organizers, the Owsley Brothers played Do512 Lounge Session at SXSW, creating a buzz around Austin, and acquiring a handful of private gigs during the course of the weekend. A full length album was recorded, entitled Cobalt, which seemed to solidify the Owsley Brothers’ sound: the earthy grit of garage rock coupled with the janky jolt of the hill country blues, and crowned with Reynold’s high and mighty vocal twang. All of these styles combine to make this one of the most uniquely arresting releases of 2012.
Since then, The Owsley Brothers have added two new members to fill out their sound. Heavy-hitter John Reinlie is now the drummer, bringing out a new and supercharged aspect to their music. Zion Cochran was also added on bass keyboards and effects, providing the booty-shaking low end that everyone loves. In addition to their incessant touring, several of the group’s tracks have been licensed for use by Quicksilver, Fox Motorsports, DC shoes for national Ad Campaigns, as well as placements in FX’s “The League” ABC’s “Revenge”, and Showtime’s “Shameless”.
With more placements & festivals lined-up for 2014, the band is hungry for more. Till then, the band is busy at their own homegrown analog studio, ‘Bounty Studios’ in Santa Rosa Beach working on their next album, due out in Septmber 2014. The album will encompass what is and will become, The Owsley Brothers’ sound.
J.E. Reynolds – Vocals, Guitar
Brian R. Wise – Guitar
John Reinlie – Drums, Percussion
Zion Cochran – keyboards